IFF2: Honolulu

The Second International Fishers Forum (IFF2) was held in Honolulu, Hawaii in November 2002, hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

IFF2 widened the focus of IFF1 to address the bycatch of sea turtles as well as seabirds by longline fishing gear. IFF2 had the following objectives:

– To increase the awareness of fishermen to the incidental longline catch of seabirds and sea turtles that may pose a serious problem to these populations and to the continued operations of longline fishing.

– To promote the development and use of practical and effective seabird and sea turtle management and mitigation measures by longline fishermen.

– To foster an exchange and dissemination of information among fishermen, scientists, resource managers and other interested parties on the use of mitigation measures and the development of coordinated approaches to testing new measures.

– To promote the development and implementation of collaborative mitigation research studies by scientists, fishermen, resource managers and other interested parties.

– To build on IFF1, encouraging continued progress and new participants.

More than two hundred representatives from fishing industries, government agencies, non­governmental organizations and other interested parties from 28 countries in the Atlantic, East and Central Pacific, North Pacific and South Pacific participated in IFF2.

Proceedings of the Second International Fishers Forum
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Executive Summary of the Second International Fishers Forum
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